Continue in the Word
Reading, studying and listening to the Word of God is vital to walking in the spirit. Fellowship with God through His Word opens the door to your heart so the fruit of the spirit can flow out of it. They’re listed in Galatians 5:22-23 and are a part of your new nature as a believer.
When you think about it, you can easily understand why. The Word is spiritual food. The more of it you put in your heart, the stronger your spirit becomes. If you’ll continue to feed on the Word, eventually your spirit will be so dominant that it can overcome your flesh every time (Hebrews 5:14).
The opposite is also true. If you spend your time feeding on soap operas, romance novels and the 6 o’clock news, your flesh will grow stronger and your spirit will weaken. And though you’ll still have the inner desire to be loving and kind, the flesh will bully you into acting like the devil!
If you’re especially wanting to strengthen your spirit in the area of one particular fruit of the spirit, one of the wisest things you can do is feed on what the Word has to say about that particular fruit. If you’ve been running short of joy lately, for example, make it a point each day to read and meditate on what the Bible has to say about joy and rejoicing. Build up your spirit in that particular area. The moment light comes, faith is there.
Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Continuing in the Word will help the fruit of the spirit to flow, to make you free from the bondages of the flesh. “Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Speak the Word
I will continue in God’s Word and walk in the spirit, and I will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (John 8:31; Galatians 5:16)
Heiligschriftstudium: Hebrews 6:9-14